Letters to the Editor

Voter fraud claims are ridiculous and dangerous

Unfortunately, most of the noise in our lives lately has been related to politics. We hope some of the idiocy spurs school systems to mandate civics and logic courses. Imagine calling mailed-in ballots fraudulent if received after Nov. 3, when those in the armed forces, studying or volunteering abroad, serving in diplomatic appointments, etc. can’t always rely on local postal services to be as timely as the U.S. Postal Service.

Also, imagine what our fathers, grandfathers, uncles, grandmothers, mothers, brothers or sisters who have served in the armed forces and fought against oppression and tyranny would say about attempts to subvert the democratic process. The hallmarks of American democracy are free and fair elections and peaceful transitions from one administration to another. To claim widespread voter fraud, particularly after the same claim was made and then disproved in 2016, is an undisguised attempt at a power grab and the substitution of an authoritarian government for a democratic government.

Many authoritarian governments have come to power through a democratic process, which then was systematically dismantled and substituted by a personality cult involving a dictator. It may be “America, love it or leave it” but it should never be “America — only in my own image.”

Jo Dillon

Hiawatha

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